Patch small holes in walls and ceilings and repaint
Repair or replace faded or peeling wallpaper
Repair and coat the driveway
Make maintenance improvements.
The maintenance improvements listed below are relatively easy and inexpensive to make, yet can substantially improve a home's appearance (value), efficiency and comfort.
Trim trees and shrubs
Apply new caulking and weatherstripping as needed around windows and doors
Clean gutters of debris and leaves, repair or replace cracked or broken gutters, downspouts and extensions to ensure proper drainage
Replace bathroom caulk or grout where necessary
Ventilate & dehumidify closed basements and crawl spaces
Grade soil around the house to prevent ponding of water next to the foundation
Replace dirty filters in the heating and ventilating systems
Have the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems professionally serviced
Have chimneys professionally cleaned & inspected
Take safety precautions.
Protect your home and its occupants from danger.
Good ideas that create a great impression:
Install quality smoke detectors
Install quality carbon-monoxide detector
Ensure adequate outdoor lighting shows off house too
'GFCI' outlets outdoors and in wet locations such a bath & laundry areas
Keep the stairwells tidy and free of debris and obstructions including around
the electrical panel and furnace
Keep flammables and combustibles away from the furnace and other utility areas
If you have direct entry from the garage to the interior of the home, consider installing a hydraulic or other form of auto-closure device on the door.
Check the tension on garage doors
Check the major systems.
A primary concern for home buyer's is the condition of the basic structure and major mechanical systems. Most buyers have great fear of the cost to repair these critical areas:
Roof structure and covering
Foundation, basement, and/or crawl space
Central heating and air conditioning systems
Prepare for the buyer's inspection.
Find the various house records that can be used to answer questions from the purchaser and their inspector:
Appliance receipts, service records and warranties
Age of major components such as the roof, furnace, air-conditioner, etc.
Major component warranties
Heating, water and electric bills from at least the past 12 months